Hackers steal data on 143 Million U.S. Consumers

On Sept. 7th, Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, reported a major cybersecurity incident involving sensitive data on approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Additional consumer data has also been compromised on Canadian, and EU consumers. Initial reports indicate that the attack occured mid-May through July 2017 and was discovered July 29th, 2017. The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. Criminals also accessed credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers. At this time they have found no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax’s core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases and are reporting that the data breach has been contained. 

To protect yourself it is recommend that you be vigilant in reviewing your account statements and credit reports, and that you immediately report any unauthorized activity to your financial institutions. It is also recommended that you monitor your personal information and visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website, www.ftc.gov/idtheft, to obtain information about steps you can take to better protect against identity theft as well as information about fraud alerts and security freezes. Additionally, ASU offers "AllClear Identity Repair" as a free service for all current and retired faculty and staff, as well as students, applicants and their parents. For more information and tips to protect yourself from identity theft visit our Identity theft protection page.